I had a similar diagnosis, and was advised to take 6-8 weeks rest from running and start back with a beginners running schedule. In the meantime, I did other training (as long as it didn’t feel painful) such as swimming, cycling, cross-trainer and Bodypump (weights classes including squats, lunges) and core work, together with yoga. I also started taking Osteocare calcium and vitamin D tablets.
The bad news is that it takes a while to recover, and the return to running (1 min walk, 1 min run x 3) seemed worse than not running at all; the good news is I’ve fully recovered and have run marathons in the two years since.
So the proper advice would be to work on everything you can whilst not running and then build up gradually when you can run again, which means ruling out London. Would your sponsors donate for you doing a different marathon later in the year?
If you must have a go at the London there would seem little point in trying a long run before marathon day, better to risk it on the day rather than in training.
I’ve sucessfully used the ASICS website http://my.asics.co.uk for a personal training plan. You can choose how many times a week to run, leaving time for cross-training, etc.
I’d agree with stutyr – start the plan two weeks early to allow for holidays, illness or injuries, and if you make it to the long run on schedule you can repeat two weeks (an easy and long run) before tapering.
Agree it was enjoyable, shame about the weather (particularly for spectators), not too bad for running apart from the headwind and drizzle in the dreary industrial end. Fantastic support from just about everyone that turned up. Thanks, Great Yarmouth.